Powering Transformative Change: ReServe’s 10-Year Anniversary Summit
On November 10, 2015 ReServe celebrated its first decade with Powering Transformative Change: ReServe’s 10-Year Anniversary Summit. The event, at Fordham University in New York City, drew nearly 200 attendees from around the country.
ReServists and a distinguished panel of experts discussed ReServe’s impact on schools, nonprofits, city agencies, hospitals, and senior centers, as well as its role in shaping public policies that impact an aging population. As a model, ReServe challenges traditional notions of aging, retirement and work, and changing the stereotype of older adults as burdens on society to one of dynamic and experienced individuals who are invaluable in helping to address society’s challenges. In its first decade ReServists have proved that adults past the traditional age of retirement can be highly productive, while simultaneously improving their own health and wellness by staying engaged.
Panelists at the event included Jacquelyn James, PhD, Director of the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College; Kathryn Lawler, MPP, Manager of the Aging and Health Resources for the Atlanta Regional Commission; Ruth Finkelstein, ScD, Associate Director of the International Longevity Center-Columbia University Aging Center; Janna Heyman, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Henry C. Ravazzin Center at Fordham University; Matt Klein, Executive Director of Center of Economic Opportunity, NYC; Deborah Brooks, Education Director, Youth and Adult Services, Fedcap; and Donna Corrado, Commissioner of Aging (DFTA).
Special guest Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe’s and founder of The Daily Table, closed the event with the keynote address, recounting his own “second act” that echoes ReServe’s own core mission and values.